Lecturer, Theory, Composition, History of Jazz, World Music, Music Appreciation
B.A. Westfield State University, M.M. The Hartt School of Music
Jason Schwartz is a 2004 graduate of Westfield State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition and jazz studies. In 2011, Jason earned a Master of Music degree in composition from the Hartt School and was presented with the Edward Diemente Award for excellence in music composition. At the Hartt School, Jason studied with Dr. Robert Carl and Dr. David MacBride.
Jason is also an in-demand freelance bassist in the New England area and has had the opportunity to work with a variety of great musicians that include Joe Belmont, Warren Byrd, Saskia Laroo, Charlie Apicella, Nicole Zuraitis, Sinan Bakir, Jim Argiro, Nicki Mathis, Atla DeChamplain, Matt DeChaplain, Jason Robinson, Ethel Lee, Barbara Weene, Bob Weiner, Paul Arslanian, Claire Arenius and many more. Jason actively works with the Jim Argiro Quintet (George Shearing and Beyond), Jon Fisher Trio, and The Darryl Kniffen Sextet. Additionally, in 2005, Jason released his first CD of entirely original jazz compositions titled Green Horizon. Jason also collaborated with Jonathan Lamarr Edwards’ group featuring the internationally acclaimed avant-garde clarinetist Perry Robinson. He enjoys playing original music from many different genres, and has performed and recorded with artists such as Sandy Bailey, Levin Schwartz, Laila Salins, and Jim Matus.